RIFLEMAN'S JOURNAL - MARCH 2019
The World Sucks
Likewise, Michael G. sends, "If you want to drain the swamp, don't make a swamp creature Secretary of Labor." And why is there even a Department of Labor anyway? How is that government's business? How is 99% of the things government does, government's business?
Followed by, "Congressional candidate Brianna Wu lies about guns. There was a time I would have said "demonstrates ignorance about", but they threw away benefit of the doubt a long time ago." Someone oughta send her some videos.
(Yes they really are that f***ing ignorant.)
Then, "Our future leaders, from my area of operations, God help us all. To be fair to the U of Iowa, this is a small fraction of the students there, but these are also the ones most likely to try to run everybody else's lives after they graduate. The ones who just want to mind their own business and get on with their own lives didn't show up."
A few months from now, when people start whining about a "drought"....
...Remember there is a concerted and deliberate effort to misinform everyone about everything.
In Lighter News
An increment in Ohio. Think about the kind of people who oppose defending schoolchildren. Which Larry Correia has previously pondered: "When people are being mass butchered, barring tossing hand grenades at the bad guy, it is pretty damned hard to make it worse."
Constitutional Carry still advancing in Kentucky. "The Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police along with several other law enforcement agencies were against the bill...." Because "law enforcement supports the Second Amendment"?
Interesting news from North Dakota.
Someone please tell me what this is from I need to hunt it down and watch it.
Burn the government schools
(And let the colleges burn themselves.)
FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR WHAT DID THEY THINK WOULD HAPPEN
Enemy action in Florida.
Alternatives to YouTube's censorship and discrimination.
Michael G. sends, "Whooping Cough outbreak in LA county. And it seems to be virulent enough to even infect people who have been vaccinated. Gee, I wonder where it could have come from and how it could have reached Los Angeles county?" Which is a thing I pondered years ago.
Then, "American's don't use three rolls of toilet paper a week, each. Of course, we might have to if the greens keep pushing studies as full of crap as this on us."
With, a Gun Control Success Story from the place where Britain used to be: "More anti-violence success in Piers Morgan paradise. I notice there is no description of the suspects. Maybe nobody got a good look. Maybe everyone is too intimidated. Or maybe the suspects are part of a protected class, who mustn't be associated with murder."
And, "Democratic accusations were psychological projection, again. All the while that the Democrats were falsely accusing Republicans of suppressing voter turnout, they were suppressing Republican voter turnout."
Followed by, "China previews the targeted Orwellian future the left wants for us. The Guardian tries hard to sound neutral about it. Which kind of gives the game away, why would anyone who doesn't support it not oppose it?"
Foreign Correspondent Jacob N., Trapped in New York, sends: "Accountability? That’s for the proles. Comrade Warren Wilhelm, I mean NYC Mayor Deblasio’s wife makes $850 million for 'mental health' vanish down the rabbit hole in 4 years, and nobody seems to know where it all ended up."
But we're not paying "our" "fair" "share".
Neverending entertainment rot
And don't go to college.
Incremental action in Arizona.
Hypocrisy in journalism.
Speaking of which, Michael G. sends "Berkeley: How dare you say we slow-walked investigation we were forced to do! They had to be pressured into investigating the attack on a conservative activist, but their commitment to freedom of speech and belief is unwavering."
Followed by, "It's not a hate crime unless a white does it. So an African-American woman beating a 91 year old Mexican-American man with a brick while screaming 'Go back to Mexico!' was not a hate crime."
With, "Much cited study 'proving' effect of hostile climate on gays retracted. Turned out there was a fundamental math error. Once it is corrected the difference in mortality rate for gays disappears. This Retraction blog looks like something to keep an eye on. How many other cornerstones of left ideology will likewise end up debunked?"
Immigrants Contributing to Society
The next time some facial-pierced college student tells you how wonderful socialism is, rub their face in a few mass graves.
And the next time someone accuses you of "Islamophobia", nail them into a crate and ship them to Saudi Arabia Nigeria Pakistan Iraq Detroit Syria Kenya Sudan "Palestine" Sweden yet again Australia and England of course Jordan Canada Gaza Germany Rome Denmark Seattle the border COLLEGE New York Iran the Netherlands Libya Armenia Minnesota Dubai Maine Norway Missouri Switzerland Corsica Calais Paris Finland.
It's not paranoia if they really are talking about exterminating us.
To which dot connect self-destructive Jews gays.
A while back was a story about a woman in Baltimore being murdered by a homeless person to whom she was trying to give money and that turns out to be wrong. It's also, still, not Republican NRA members with MAGA hats....
Constitutional Carry confusion in Kentucky, and a renewed effort in South Carolina.
A while back I wrote "These had been fitted with recoil balancers - an arrangement of mass and springs and gas ports which counteracted the weapon's recoil, to eliminate its effect on the shooter in freefall." Working on it, and it is not a new idea.
Neverending blood libel. "Well, once you have dehumanized someone or a group of people, it’s easier to mobilize people who see themselves as normal to act against them."
GENOCIDE IS NOT HYPERBOLE.
Aaaand Sweden's national suicide continues.
Among all the other Immigrants Contributing to Society.
Pretty sure this is going to be yet another fake hate crime.
Don't go to college
And burn the government schools
Yes, Fudd, that means granpa's Remchester too.
Michael G. sends, "Confessed murdering illegal alien wants change of venue. It isn't justice unless the jury pool looks more like the murderer and less like the victim."
Followed by, "Too few immigrants value limited government. Dennis Prager proves he is much smarter than the NRA and GOP leadership. Although I'm probably insulting him by giving him such a low bar to clear."
Then, "Who is the most intolerant? The ones who constantly tell us how tolerant they are, of course. As an aside, I've been thinking about that retracted study I sent to you yesterday, and I wonder if it explains the vehemence of the aggressors in the wedding cake wars? People like us, whether we support gay marriage or not, figure that it is perfectly reasonable for a baker to say, 'I can't make a cake for your wedding because it goes against my beliefs but I will find you a baker as good or better than me who is willing to make it.' A cake gets made and no one is forced to perform an action. But the civil rights commission, steeped in that faulty study, think, 'By not joyously praising this gay marriage, this baker is stealing 12 years of life from that gay man. That's no better than murder and he must be made to pay!'"
Foreign Correspondent Jacob N., Trapped in New York, sends: "Well, well. Woulja look at that: Bolshevik Barbie, AKA Occasional Cortex, and her campaign manager played fast and loose with campaign finance laws. If this had been a Republican candidate, this would have been the lead on the news yesterday, with the talking heads screaming for blood. As is, some money will be 'paid back' and the whole matter will be swept under the deepest corner of the rug.
In other news from socialist fairy land, Bolshevik Barbie’s mother moved out of NY. Because of high taxes."
And doubling down on the Jew hatred, too."
Michael G. sends, "Stem cell transplant cures HIV. Stephen Green has a good point about research to lab grow those stem cells, and not just for people at risk of HIV. If I recall correctly, the mutation in question also imparts immunity against Black Plague."
In my fictional future history I postulate personal air transport. WORKING ON IT.
Speaking of which, Aurora, part 108, is online. If you find this fictional future history entertaining, please consider a charitable donation through the PayPal button at the top or bottom of most pages on this site. Thank you.
"These people are getting lazier with their hate hoax reporting."
Monopolistic censorship and lies.
And the usual kind of censorship too.
MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD
Foreign Correspondent Jacob N., Trapped in New York, sends: "Everything is racist. Including casting a black actor to play a black person, because the actor isn’t black enough." So. There is actual documented proof that they really do judge people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. (Not that Will Smith is any friend of ours on any issue, just pointing out the racist hypocrisy.)
But. They. Call. Us. "Racist."
AND THEY CALL US "NAZIS" TOO.
Genocide is not hyperbole if it really is happening.
In WAKANDA MINNEAPOLIS
Uppity in this horrible place Saturday the 23rd.
Constitutional Carry getting closer in Kentucky.
The Prophet Heinlein's "Shipstone" super-batteries. Working on them.
Trump godsdammit click the f***ing link you're already on all those lists.
Michael G. sends, "Zuckerberg p***es down our backs and tells us it's raining: He says the future of Facebook is privacy focused." Yeah focused on violating privacy.
Followed by, "Read Dem Senator Clyburn tie himself in knots defending Ilhan Omar. And read the comments asking why Omar's suffering as a child excuses her anti-semitism when there wasn't a single Jew involved in causing that suffering, why Ayaan Hirsi Ali's suffering doesn't count, and if suffering that happened to your ancestors doesn't count then can we forget about slavery reparations and end affirmative action?"
It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
A concerted and deliberate effort to misinform everyone about everything
David Codrea has a sort-of-yearly feature called the Night of the Evil Butterball. Herschel Smith now offers the Day of the Pork Belly.
Which segues to, the anti-hunting, anti-self-defense, anti-human domestic terrorists of PeTA get into the fake crime act.
The hate crime hoaxes are getting really f***ing stupid.
Which, in this horrible place, Michael G. segues to, "Antifa disrupts Michael Strickland college speech, admits to lying at end. And of course college officials and police stood by and did nothing."
Michael G. sends, "Contrast Austria with Sweden: The Austrians say they aren't going to help repatriate anyone who left to fight for ISIS."
Michael then observes, "Evil Poles base actions on national interests, not green superstitions." And they don't allow "refugees" either. Which I have also pondered.
Which segues to, The Great War having been mostly completed, World War Two is in progress, and from other sources, here is your Badass o' the Day. No more Polish jokes. Ever.
Among all the entertainment rot, this show did not suck. Of course that bar has been lowered considerably but still.
Lies and slander in Utah-of-all-places.
Among other Immigrant Contributions to Society.
That walls-closing-in feeling.
In let-the-government-run-health-care-what-could-possibly-go-wrong news, Michael G. sends, "Transgender clinic hid bad results. Although to be fair, since it is a NHS clinic, i.e. socialized medicine, it would probably hide bad results if it only treated hangnails."
And then this happens.
Couple years ago I sarcastically observed that people weren't being marched into movie theaters at bayonet-point... yet. GETTING THERE.
And then the other end of the equation also happens.
"Background checks" are registration. And they don't work anyway.
Bears repeating: Uppity in this horrible place, Saturday the 23rd.
Trump godsdammit (bring on the "3D chess" analogies, like this is some grand plan by Trump to get a SCOTUS precedent)
Harder every day to separate entertainers from entertainment.
Which is not unrelated to seething psychotic genocidal hatred.
Michael G. sends, "Sweden's new govt. wants FASTER national suicide. Not surprising considering their PM. A President might be an outlier, but a PM exemplifies his party or coalition."
Aaaand self-destructive Jews.
In don't-go-to-college news, he follows with, "Saying athletes with XY shouldn't compete with athletes with XX is just like racism. So says an XY college professor who stole the XX cycling championship. I'm planning to use XY and XX for men's and women's sports from now until the state stops using its power to force me to cater to the world view of the insane."
One of my biggest criticisms of the Beretta M92/M9 pistol, or any design which uses similar controls (S&W 39/59 family, original Ruger P-series, Bersa Thunder 380, Walther P.38, etc), has been the slide-mounted, hammer-drop safety, which does not allow Condition One carry and essentially forces a transition between double-action and single-action for the first two shots. Years ago I owned a Tanfoglio Witness, an Italian derivative of the famous CZ75, which I was very pleased with until I had to liquidate it for rent money. And now this happens. And not before time. Maybe someday I'll pick up a Taurus PT92, one of the older ones from before the reports of quality control problems (or the built-in locks). -But if I were in a financial position to go buy a 9mm pistol I'd probably go straight to a real Czech-made CZ75 or 85.
Show and chat every Sunday 1100 Pacific Time.
That walls-closing-in feeling
Entertainment rot (starting John Ringo et al's Voices of the Fall)
Real Socialism where will you be when the EBT cards stop working
Years ago the Free State Project sought a peaceful takeover of New Hampshire in order to repeal infringements and restore natural rights as enumerated in the Constitution. That project appears to have failed.
Michael G. sends, "NY Times discovers Black gun culture! As they do whenever they think they can use it to attack gun culture, or conservatives or Republicans, and then promptly forget it."
Michael G. points out:
MidWestReader sends range report: "Rented a current production CZ75B with the newest thin strong-side-only safety, no decocker. I tried it for 100 rounds. I didn't get a picture. I was very disappointed in how well I shot it. I will offer an excuse, as I too often do. The trigger pull and break were quite nice, but I have never felt such severe trigger slap on any firearm. For those unfamiliar, trigger slap is when some of the force of the breech closing and going into battery is transmitted into the trigger as it resets. I've felt it on some imported AKs with poorly fitted trigger groups--it's like getting your index finger snapped in a mousetrap when you shoot, and it will make you flinch in a hurry. It also magnifies the sensation of recoil, which doesn't help. This CZ stung the bejeezus out of my finger if I pressed the trigger with the tip of my index finger, as I would on a 1911, but not if I pulled it with the first joint of my index finger, which I thought was pretty odd. It happened only in single action, never in double action. The gun was quite accurate when I do my part, but it's harder than it needed to be. Apparently it is a known problem, though the cause can vary. Sometimes breaking in helps, sometimes not. Sometimes the bottom of the slide can come in contact with the 'ears' atop the trigger bar as the slide goes into battery and make the trigger jump forward. A poorly fitted disconnector, or a disconnector made from a rough casting, can be the culprit. Sometimes installing a trigger with an overtravel adjustment fixes it. Sometimes it can be a sign of a worn recoil spring in need of replacement. Sometimes putting on a wide target trigger helps. Sometimes a weak grip contributes--and I've been shooting mostly .22 LR lately, it's possible I need more practice with centerfire handguns."
And then I got out of bed and
rode in vans with morons approaching this level.
In and out of the exact same van literally hundreds of times
and still struggling to decipher the door handle every single time.
I no longer regret never having served in the military, Chapter MMMMMDCCXLIV.
FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR "Well let's pass a law so that restaurants and fast food joints can't fire people without a government-approved reason." And all this time we thought Ayn Rand was writing fiction.
AND AS IF ON CUE.
"YOUR" "FAIR" "SHARE"
Couple years back I wrote "It was difficult duty, taking an emotional toll on the crews both at sea and in space. They knew they were killing hundreds, probably thousands of people who refused to heed the leaflet drops and loudspeaker overflights. They also knew that if they didn't fire, millions more in Lii, now their fellow Jeffersonians, would be enslaved, raped, and murdered in their own homes, just as had happened throughout Europe from the 2010s through the 2030s. That had eventually resulted in the United Nations committing the first of a series of genocides, bombarding the Muslim world from orbit. The crew of Vincennes were killing thousands so they wouldn't have to murder millions." By which I meant Immigrants Contributing to Society.
Burn the government schools which the government forces you to send your children to under threat of government violence as if all the other kinds weren't enough.
Michael G. sends, "Hate crime in NYC! White male maces transgenders of color... oh, wait, my bad, it was actually a transgender of color macing white males. Obviously the fault of Trump and conservative haters." It's not our side trying to start the race war.
Followed by Sarah Hoyt's electoral advice from Occupied Colorado. (Magpul making good on their vow to relocate if Colorado passed infringements - and their toning down the jackboot-pandering in the last catalog I saw - has increased my loyalty toward their brand.)
With, "Right on, on red flag: 'Here's the thing: we shouldn't be banking on anyone to protect our God-given rights. We need to continually fight for them. We can't sit back, be apathetic and trust politicians to do right by us. We need to continually place pressure on them so they know we're watching how they're voting and if their votes represent us.'"
And, "Don't know much about history: Five years after UC Santa Barbara cops were armed in response to a mass shooting, campus activists are trying to get them disarmed because there is no need and they are a danger to the students. Turn your hell hole of a state back into free territory, including shall issue and campus carry, and I might agree with your arguments." Yeah I'm real ambivalent about that one. Which segues to
Increments in Arizona.
It would appear Kentucky has passed Constitutional Carry but I'm only seeing one report, with no links, in my daily blogtrawl. More on that tomorrow I expect.
Time magazine - of all sources! - stumbles across the real gun culture. Which I have also pondered.
Trump Keeps Happening
Again with the RINO backstabbing....
Immigrants Contributing to Society and of course, "Ahmed had registered himself under three different identities and had therefore cashed in three times on state benefits."
Any Jew who isn't as heavily armed and highly trained as they can possibly afford is pretty damn stupid. Here, have some free lessons.
All over talk radio today, college admission scandal and is there anybody on that list who doesn't oppose the little people's natural human right to self defense?
As if more reasons to don't go to college were needed, Michael G. sends, "Diversity coalition seizes college, demands removal of everyone who doesn't think like them. The opposites day progressives show what they want to do to society at large whenever they get they power."
Followed by "Seattle U takes a week to condemn professor who calls for violence. The update at the bottom of the article shows SU finally responded. I wonder how long they would have taken to respond if a professor came out in support of the WA Sheriff's who say they won't enforce the state's new gun control law?" Fine, you want violence, we can do violence.
Way back here I noted actual attempts to control people's thoughts. Michael sends, "Zuckerberg wants to build a mind reading machine. And people say Bezos is the tech billionaire who most resembles a Bond villain."
Now connect some dots. Last night I saw this article on "changing human behavior" and this morning I was sent this observation by C.S. Lewis: “Thus the criminal ceases to be a person, a subject of rights and duties, and becomes merely an object on which society can work. And this is, in principle, how Hitler treated the Jews. They were objects; killed not for ill desert but because, on his theories, they were a disease in society. If society can mend, remake, and unmake men at its pleasure, its pleasure may, of course, be humane or homicidal. The difference is important. But, either way, rulers have become owners.” But they call us "Nazis".
Michael then sends "Hate crime inflation. In addition to hate hoaxes, the rise in 'hate crimes' can be traced to redefining 'hate' to smaller and smaller acts. The SPLC school of crime statistics."
Which in turn segues to even more blood libel.
KENTUCKY GETS CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY. Now in this case open carry is not mentioned Kentucky is already an open carry state, but and it seems clear that unlicensed concealed carry is for any non-prohibited person, not just state residents, so by my reckoning that makes twelve, and five halves, and four quarters, and if I'm wrong click on "comment" at the bottom of this page to update me:
2017 New Hampshire
2019 South Dakota
2016 West Virginia
2015 Arkansas (still disputed)
2016 Idaho (state residents only)
1991 Montana (outside city limits)
2017 North Dakota (state residents only, concealed only)
2011 Wyoming (state residents only)
2015(?) New Mexico (unloaded carry, separate loaded magazine; vehicle carry unlicensed)
2015 Puerto Rico (disputed)
2007 Texas (vehicle carry unlicensed - 2016, open carry with concealed permit)
2014 Tennessee (vehicle carry unlicensed)
Grin-inducing Comment o' the Day: "Nasa: It will take decades before we will ever fly a human to the Moon again when we want to use the SLS. SpaceX: Hold my beer."
Michael G. sends, "How to put the arm on College administrations. A brief how-to guide on organizing alumni donors to fight against colleges taking their money then pissing all over their rights and values." -I'm reminded of how our own arms-rights movement is getting ever-more organized as a response to constant infringements. Perhaps some cross-pollination is called for.
PCC, pistol-caliber carbines, don't grab me like they used to, except in a retro-cowboy lever-action context perhaps. (At the last gun show I saw a .41 Magnum Ruger Blackhawk, and I know Marlin made a small number of modern M1894s in .41, $igh. Just the thing for feral hog hunting on my post-MegaBall red-state ranch.) But, this innovation pleases me, as it makes it simpler and less expensive for more people to own more weapons of more kinds. Before this you needed a dedicated pistol-caliber lower, or at least more expensive magazine-well adapters to convert your existing lower to Glock magazines or somesuch. This cuts down on that, and also reduces retraining because all the controls and pouches and the like are the same. (Yes that can lead to ammunition mixups but you're supposed to think about that before you do things you're not supposed to have to think about.)
Couple years back I wrote "Terra's snow leopard, extinct for a century before being restored by a two-century-old Jeffersonian gene bank dating back to the Escape" and now working on it.
Speaking of which, Aurora, part 109, is online. If you find this fictional future history entertaining, please consider a charitable donation through the PayPal button at the top or bottom of most pages on this site. Thank you.
Just yesterday I was connecting mind-control dots. For weeks and months and years I've been bemoaning the astounding incompetence of many of the people - some in their sixties and seventies, who should cursed well know better by now! - I work with, their inability to learn the same monkey-simple task after hundreds of repetitions, their total lack of problem-solving capacity. It appears to be several decades too late to BURN THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS.
To which Paul Joseph Watson adds "Technical sophistication has been accompanied by mass incompetence in the art of living." It's not just me seeing it people really are that stupid and useless.
And psychotically delusional.
And, increasingly, discriminatory, racist and violent.
Hey what was Google's motto again
Michael G. sends, "John Lott messes up again: He brings facts and logic into an argument about gun laws."
While the Brownshirts of SPLC are ramping up.
Followed by - connect to this entry's opening links - this is not all Lighter: "6th Circuit: Ohio doesn't have to pay for abortions if it doesn't want to. Left argues that being left to do what they want on their own dime violates their rights. They aren't truly 'free' unless they force other people to pay for it at gun point." Remember this every time you fill out your taxes.
To which dot Michael immediately connects, "Compelled anti-gun speech at WV's Concord U. Mandatory student fees were used to pay for protest against campus carry."
Tucson Tom, benevolent donor of the Queen, sends:
Quickly finished Ringo & co.'s Voices of the Fall, now beginning More Human Than Human, a collection of short stories about various artificial intelligences, which of course is relevant to my own work. Which-if-you-find-entertaining-please-consider-a-charitable-donation-through-the-PayPal-buttons-at-the-top-or-bottom-of-most-pages-on-this-site-thank-you.
I didn't even try to mention this
to my coworkers. Words like "diameter"
and "circumference" are beyond them.
...Remember you're paying their "fair" "share".
Emigrants Contributing to Society
Michael G. sends, "Remember how they said Hispanics were natural Republican voters? I've never believed it but if it does ever happen it will be because of the Democrats: 'How can a state that claims to be so much for the rights of immigrants and minorities then ignore our concerns on purpose? They are hypocrites!'"
To which dot he then connects, "Sanders Aide Who Used ‘Dual Allegiance’ Smear Against Jews Is an Illegal Alien." Yeah well we should know all about Sanders aides by now.
Followed by, "Global cooling, the real threat. Of course, even when reality convinces the progs their response will be the same: More concentrated central power with them in control."
Then, all the melting snowflakes.
With, "So long, Denmark, it was nice to know you. Shame about the suicide."
And, "Iowa State U student govt. opposes freedom of association. Once the Moo U student senate learned it would apply to groups they don't like, like Christians and Constitutionalists, as well as groups they like, like commies and caliphates."
And as if on cue. When I wrote "...[T]he government-run schools of the time... treated students as little better than violent criminals, violating their privacy, suppressing their speech...." I shouldn't have worried about it being over-the-top.
"The United Nations’ body dedicated to 'gender equality and the advancement of women' this week handed Iran a key role in evaluating 'injustice and discriminatory practices against women' – on the same day as an Iranian court reportedly sentenced a women’s rights advocate to 38 years’ imprisonment and 148 lashes."
In Occupied Connecticut, car companies can be sued for drunk driving. What could possibly go wrong with that legal precedent. "...[A]dvertising and marketing the rifle in an unethical, oppressive, immoral, and unscrupulous manner...." Who the flaming poop is being "oppressed" by an advertisement? Are their eyelids being taped open to watch it at bayonet-point?
Uppity in Occupied Illinois Wednesday the 27th.
More Human Than Human has a few adequate pieces, but a lot of it is symptomatic of Entertainment Rot - global warming cooling "climate" "change", open borders, gaystapo, denigrating traditional families, even an actual Islamist piece. Skimming through most of it. Waiting on library hold is Today I Am Carey, which might be more of the same, though it's from Baen so that's less likely. Suppose I'll have to put a Star Wars novel in the rotation - Darth Plageuis perhaps. Ahsoka didn't suck but there are still a lot of blanks to be filled, hopefully in the forthcoming final season of Clone Wars. -If that doesn't run itself into the ground at corporate insistence.
Lunch break at this job is like a kennel of dogs.
One barks something for no reason,
then all the rest mindlessly repeat the nonsense,
yammering gibberish for minutes until winding down
or being distracted by the next moronic thing.
They'll go on for half a thoughtless hour about
the capacity of their plastic lunch container
or a game played with the ball,
then stand around utterly lost when a car needs a jump-start,
with a jump box standing in plain sight not ten meters away.
It's hardly even people I'm working with.
And lemme throw in the Icky Bus People.
Can't get their stuff together when it's time to get off the bus.
Can't get their fare together when it's time to get on the bus
and they've been watching it approach for the last half-kilometer.
NOBODY KNOWS HOW TO DO ANYTHING AND NOBODY CARES.
And. Whose. Fault. Is. That.
You know, there have been other attacks against a particular religion but nobody wants to talk about those.
Because they don't care.
Which segues to all those Immigrants Contributing to Society.
IT'S NOT MY SIDE TRYING TO START A RACE WAR.
For years I've been saying Don't Go to College. The meme is catching on.
Secession movements are a thing again.
Michael G. sends, "Direct solar electrolysis. Kind of like you put in your story." Imagine a personal vehicle that runs on water and sunlight.
Speaking of my fictional future history, in that same story arc I postulate partial cloning to regenerate lost or damaged limbs or organs and that is being worked on.
Likewise, a real militia system is a thing I have pondered.
Blogbrother SMLE Fan sends the Real Space Enthusiasts Hate NA$A o' the Day. And just a couple months ago he was saying how much he wanted to see a sweating NA$A apparatchik answering hard questions.
Don't Go to College where they hate you for the color of your skin.
Suppressor deregulation reintroduced. Mass public shooting "with" suppressors which will not be inspected to see if they were actually used in 3, 2, 1....
Prohibition Will Always FAIL and there's always another way.
"Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
I am not the only one noticing how abysmally stupid people are these days.
Nor am I the only one noticing the entertainment rot.
And some of the public libraries too
Michael G. sends, "False alarm at U of Michigan. It was popping balloons, not an active shooter. We will still be blamed for it, and I wouldn't be surprised if it still gets counted as a 'school shooting'." National Balloon Safety Act introduced in 3, 2, 1....
People have lost jobs, friends, even their businesses or homes, through discrimination against natural human rights, not least the right to keep and bear arms. To which Michael adds, "More examples of progs using private sector to attack freedoms; Freedom of Religion in these cases, but I would bet they are just as hostile to the right to keep and bear arms."
The other day Michael G. sent a link to solar-power technology which also electrolyzes water into hydrogen fuel. Yesterday I linked the reintroduction of a suppressor deregulation bill. Now he sends, "New sound reduction technology. I wonder if this technology could make an efficient wipeless suppressor."
Blogbrother SMLE Fan sends even more Real Space Enthusiasts Hate NA$A, commenting, "I want to modify the image I sent to you: the NA$A apparatchik should be suspended over a pot of boiling oil during the Senate hearings." So it's multiple smaller launches to assemble a larger thing in orbit just like it was supposed to be sixty damn years ago.
Michael G. sends, "Want to get rid of some of your co-'workers'?
Share this article and see how many take off for Colorado."
...Though I did take exception to PJW's suggestion that "right-wing terrorism" is in any way equivalent to Islamic terrorism.
Michael G. then sends "An early analyses of Christchurch. 'At a practical level the simplest way to stop shooters is with other shooters and so by far the best way to stop this sort of attack from being repeated is for some worshipers (of all creeds) to be armed when attending a religious service. Not only does (see above) shooting the shooter in the first few seconds cut down on the number of victims, the threat of being shot will strongly dissuade copy-cats because a livestream of a terrorist being taken out in 10 seconds and then dying painfully sends a very different message to a livestream where the terrorist can act with impunity for minutes.' Good advice on how to prepare for being caught in a mass shooting incident, as well as looking at what is likely to happen, what ought to be done, and what will probably be done instead." If your church doesn't want you to be able to defend yourself, I suggest you need a new church.
Well, f*** New Zealand.
Because it is never Republican NRA members with MAGA hats.
RINO backstabbing to which Michael G. adds "Campus carry defeated in WV: 'Conservatives in West Virginia need to take a close look at the Republicans who sided with Democrats.'"
Aaaaaand psychotic paranoid delusions.
Aaaaaand Dan Rather Syndrome.
But it's not paranoia if Hillary Clinton really does leave dead men wherever she goes.
Nor is it paranoia if they really are treating us just like the Nazis treated the Jews.
Hey remember when concerns about gay activists preying on children were dismissed as "paranoid" and "homophobic"?
Foreign Correspondent Jacob N., Trapped in New York, sends "TANSTAAFL: Oh, look! The Progressives now want taxpayers to pick up the cost of books and housing for college students." He later adds: "The more I think about that article on taxpayer funded books and housing for college students, the more I get annoyed. Buried in that article was a comment about how certain students, even with tuition grants, couldn’t afford to live on campus and not work. Well, heck! I had no idea that living on campus and not working while in school was a fundamental right! I worked while in school (since age 17), and I lived at home with my parents while in college. Most of my friends did the same. I have a student now who is going to dental school in the fall. He’s going to a state school, even though he got into a more prestigious private school, because it’s less expensive. He’s going to live at home with his parents during dental school, because that will save $30K a year. So, no, living on campus isn’t a right, isn’t even important, and damn it, they can work while in school. And don’t get me started on the idiocy of four year liberal arts college for all."
Don't go to college. It's a terrible mistake.
There are many admirable qualities to Japanese society and culture, but Japan has never been a free country. Which is a thing I have pondered.
Then, "There goes John Lott, using facts again. Doesn't he understand that it doesn't matter what the Christchurch killer said his motivations were, it's what the media say they are, and they say he is a right wing conservative Trump supporter." Which segues to:
Uppity in battleground Florida, April 6th.
Two kinds of backlash in this horrible place.
Got yer "strong independent women" right here. Which I have also pondered.
Starting Today I Am Carey and... it's grabbing me. Baen publishes better authors, who care about storytelling and character development and consistent plot instead of checking off agenda-boxes. Obviously thought and work have gone into this story, which like my own contemplates an artificial intelligence awakening to self-awareness.
READ THE MONSTER'S OWN MANIFESTO IT IS NEVER ONE OF US.
Although there are other views. Which I have also pondered.
JUST LIKE THE NAZIS TREATED THE JEWS
Michael G. sends, "CNN wins Cronkite TV Excellence award for Parkland Shooting town hall. Considering what's come out about 'Uncle Walter' since he died, this award may actually be appropriate."
The Left promotes pain and suffering.
And vindictive discrimination.
And murdering babies.
And elitist dictatorship.
And Immigrants Contributing to Society.
Strong independent women
Codrea's Law states that anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian. In a later column he observed the obvious opposite, which I will state as, if someone is not in jail, they should get all their rights, and if they shouldn't get all their rights, they shouldn't be out of jail. Michael G. sends, "Judge Amy Barrett dissents in favor of gun rights, opposed gun ban for non-violent felons."
Michael then sends, "Jimmy Carter causing extinction of parasitic worm. Maybe he doesn't like the competition? I'm still glad it's getting done."
MidWestReader sends various things: "Saw a 3" fixed sight blued Ruger GP100 in .357, obviously carried a lot but shot little, lots of finish wear but locks up tight, $325 plus tax. Less tempting was a Kel-Tec P11 in 9mm (polymer DAO 10+1 ultrasubcompact), $175. The trigger is not half bad and perfectly usable, though still long, heavy, and revolver-ish. It also had usable sights with white dots on them. They also had an unmolested Chinese SKS, $399. Saw a used Gen 3 Glock 17 with an olive drab frame and night sights, $379.
"I have also found a downloadable old version of the QuickLoad internal ballistics software and after several tries--I had to change some registry settings to make it work--got it going, and have been monkeying with it. I've been depriming and resizing .44 Mag brass, but the tumbler is still in storage somewhere. Using its data sets, and proceeding from the basis that some of its bullet shape and length data is close enough for government work (that the bullet that comes from the Lee 429-200-RF mold is at least pretty close to the 200gr 'Cowboy' RNFP bullets I've obtained), it looks like the 200gr .44 bullets in Magnum brass over a 5-8 grain charge of just about any fast-ish-burning pistol powder should give me what I'm looking for. Install the 3.6 version first, then the 3.8 patch. If you get error messages when trying to select an installation language, there are instructions and tools included for making some temporary registry alterations.
"I get the impression it's rather optimistic about velocities compared to barrel length, and it shows higher pressures than I expected for some old 'classic' loads when I run the numbers (the .44 Magnum 'Keith Load' with 22gr of 2400 and a 250-255gr cast bullet shows as extremely hot, as does the old gun magazine staple 9mm load with a 115gr jacketed bullet over 6.5gr Unique, and the old Internet favorite 9mm load of 124gr jacketed bullet over 6.0gr Unique shows in Quickload as running at near-proof-load pressures despite being lower than some published data from Hercules Powder from the 90s). It also shows that the .40 S&W is perfectly capable of breaking 900 ft/sec with 200gr jacketed bullets out of a 3.5" barrel if propellant is carefully chosen:
"4.7gr Bullseye, 4.8gr W231, 4.8gr Universal, 4.8gr Ramshot Zip, 5.3gr Unique, 5.8gr Herco, 5.8gr Winchester Action Pistol, 6.2gr Winchester 540, 6.2gr AA#5, 6.3gr Ramshot True Blue, 6.4gr Power Pistol, 6.5gr HS6, 8.0gr Blue Dot, 8.2gr AA#7, all these are predicted by Quickload to be safe maximum loads in .40 with a jacketed 200gr bullet at a muzzle velocity higher than 900 ft/sec from service length handguns. Reduce by 10% and work up carefully, of course.
"Given that Speer is now making a .40 caliber 200gr Gold Dot bullet, though currently they only load it in 10mm ammo, and Federal is making a 200gr HST that, likewise, they only sell in loaded 10mm ammo--well, it gets me thinking about those bullets as components. I think that either of these bullets loaded to 900-925-ish ft/sec from a .40 caliber pistol would be an outstanding performer, and given the large number of modern .40 caliber service pistols that give the user 13 to 16 round magazines, it seems an optimum combination of large caliber, large capacity, power, controllability, and outstanding modern bullet design for Things that go Bump in the Night. It is not a hunting cartridge, but neither is the .45 ACP.
"They tell us that interest in the .40 is dwindling, especially in the 'law enforcement community,' largely due to the combination of Affirmative Action and the Glock 22 and 23 service pistols, which are not especially pleasant to shoot in .40, but they were an early design adapted in a hurry from 9mm designs, and Glock has been tinkering with the recoil system since their introduction to try to reduce the muzzle flip. Other designs like the HK USP and S&W M&P were designed around the .40 cartridge to begin with, so they are much more pleasant to shoot. 'They' also tell us that the .45 ACP is selling less and less across all platforms, and some manufacturers are not including it as an option in newer designs, like Beretta."
Missouri. Maybe I could move to Missouri.
Quickly finished Today I Am Carey, without skimming. It is a very sad story, but well told - my standard for a good story, as I have said before, is wanting to find out what happens next, and Martin L. Shoemaker meets that standard. -I could nitpick about the over-Nerfed, quasi-totalitarian world he paints a word-picture of - driving is an "archaic" skill, Zuckerberg's recently-mentioned mind-reading machines at airport security, credentialism, jerking my libertarian knees - but the story still came through.
Guy's worked at this job sixteen years.
Can't figure out how to open the hood on a Jeep.
Can't figure out the electronic shift-paddle-thing on a modern Mercedes.
Why am I working with so many stupid useless people
(F*** New Zealand)
Foreign Correspondent Jacob N., Trapped in New York, sends: "Do whatever it takes to get elected. Senator Kirsten Jellybrains of NY needed to run as a blue dog to get elected to the House in Upstate NY, as a typical NY liberal to get elected to the Senate, and now she thinks she has to go hard left to have a shot at the presidency. The woman hasn’t had a single thought in her head that wasn’t approved by Chuck Schumer in her entire time in the Senate. Not that she has a chance as a nominee, the NY apparatus will throw its support behind Evil King Andrew I of Albany or Commissar Warren Willhelm, I mean Bill DeBlasio, immediately if one of them chooses to run, and the Machine knows she’s a brainless, spineless jellyfish who blows with the politics breeze." It's still not Republican NRA members with MAGA hats knocking over liquor stores or carjacking little old ladies or shooting up schools and birthday parties and ball games and still nobody wants to talk about that.
Michael G. sends, "Pelosi warns impeachment talk helps Trump. Some non-lefties see that as a feature, not a bug. 'However, as a libertarian, if they’d rather do this than spend more of my money or pass more stupid bills, I say go ahead and try.'"
So a while back an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed, and my first thought was "Ethiopian" had a lot more to do with it than "Boeing" and it looks like I was wrong. Ooorrrrr not entirely. I remember reading Chuck Yeager's first biography and the reason he survived things that killed everyone else who tried was, he learned everything he could about everything he was doing and everything he was doing it with, and he is a smart guy who can figure things out and solve problems (he is in fact the co-inventor of the "flying tail" solution for controlled supersonic flight). "It sounds like the deadhead pilot had been properly trained, either by the company or on his own, but that training didn't extend to the crew flying the next day." And whose fault is that.
It's not paranoia if delusional psychotic bigots...
Backlash in North Carolina.
Second Front action in Montana and as always I demand jail time or a noose for any hypocritical thief-with-a-badge who ever "confiscated" an "illegal" knife, and for any prosecutor-persecutor or unstable-freak-in-black-robes who upheld such bigotry.
Small incremental action in Arizona.
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"The raw data would tell us who is getting shot. With what. What the victims’ demographic and geographic distribution is. Combined with the UCR, it would tell gun controllers which criminals to target, and how. All the things the CDC pretends it can’t do."
Because it's not Republican NRA members with MAGA hats and nobody wants to talk about that.
Immigrants Contributing to Society and Marines WTF?
Massive Vote Fraud
Just a few hours up the I-5 corridor is another horrible place.
Think about the kind of people parents are forced by the threat of government violence to turn their children over to. Think. About. That.
F*** New Zealand and the Fudds too
Michael G. sends, "WaPo fighting enemies of free press. It's not what you do, but who you hate that determines if you are a good guy."
Which segues to a followup on the censorious bigots in Alaska of all places.
Michael then sends, "Portland State U sees Kundera's The Joke as a training manual, not a warning. I guess they've learned everything they can from Orwell's 1984 and are looking at other sources."
Herschel Smith provides data on the individual right "theory".
A few days ago Michael G. sent an article on a new noise-canceling material and wondered if it would be a breakthrough in suppressor design. TFB picks it up.
Knowledge for knowledge's sake: ancient marine architecture mystery solved.
Watched this Star Wars fan film a little while ago. Notably above average.
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